Relations across the Taiwan Strait were unstable for decades prior to May 2009. Several acknowledged “crises” raised the possibility of war between China and the United States and/or Taiwan, and at times political disputes wracked the U.S.-Taiwan relationship as well. Nevertheless, the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) of 1979 helped maintain peace by deterring coercive actions by China against the island. With the improvement of cross-Strait relations that accompanied the ascension of the Ma Ying-jeou administration to power in Taipei, Taiwan and China have moved swiftly to deepen their economic integration. The continuation of the familiar U.S. role of acting as a protector to Taiwan, always stridently opposed by Beijing, has come under new doubts.


Free Trade Agreement Democratic Progressive Party World Health Assembly Taiwan Issue Government Procurement Agreement 
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